Product Review – Tommie Copper Compression Apparel

Posted: July 8, 2011 in Product Review

Marathoning is hard.

No surprise there right?  Lots of miles, lots of cross training.  Lots of wear and tear on the body.

Now add the fact that at 43 years, 342 days old, I have a 10 ½ month old daughter to chase around and do the occasional front porch tiling job on my own, needless to say I get sore from time to time.

Landry's first trip to the beach

In fact, most days I would say that I have some ache or tight area that I’m monitoring.

One of the things that I think has helped me stay as healthy as I have over the past several years of training for and running marathons has been the ability to know the difference between the usual “soreness” that comes from training and when pushing yourself to improve has you on the cusp of injury.

Pain and injury are very different things.

When managing an injury my advice is to head to the Sports Medicine Doctor right away.  Every day that you put off seeing an expert is one day further you are from being back out there running, cycling or swimming injury free.

When it comes to pain management, that’s all part of the game.  To improve as an athlete you need to push your muscles to new thresholds.  Run farther, run faster, run more frequently or even run two times a day.  Your muscles get broken down during these workouts allowing them to rebuild stronger than they were before during your rest and recovery days.

The price of that however is soreness. It’s just part of the deal.

If you run a 5K or 10K race and don’t feel it the next day, you weren’t really racing.

You were just running a race.

Those are two entirely different things.

So what do I do to deal with that soreness?  The same thing the vast majority of athletes do, R.I.C.E.

Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.

Ever since my shin splint injury that resulted from a strained calf muscle running hills to get ready for the Boston Marathon, I have become a big believer in the Compression part of the R.I.C.E. treatment strategy.

Without my trusted compression calf sleeve from Zensah, I’m not sure I would have made it through the training for and the running of two marathons just 13 days apart for Dom back in the spring of 2010.

The only thing that I will say about my calf sleeve that is remotely negative was that it is a bit restricting and during my post-race massage after the Austin Marathon in February, the sports massage therapist told me that my “right side” was much tighter than my left from my ankle to my hip.  He thought that it was time for me to discard the calf sleeve and that I should work back to running without it.

I have not run in it since and I am now back to feeling very “even” on my legs and pain/symptom free.  If I ever feel anything in that area again, I would not hesitate to go back to my compression sleeve in a second.

Well a few weeks ago I received a message from the good people at Tommie Copper.  They asked if I would not mind trying out some of their compression gear.  Being a huge believer in the compression therapy, I jumped at the chance.

Not only does their gear feature lightweight and comfortable compression technology, the fabric actually contains Copper – which has long been believed to help stimulate immune systems and to repair injured tissues to promote healing.

I’m sure you have seen people wearing copper bracelets in the past to help with arthritis pain and other ailments.  Their Cu29 Compression Gear (Cu – Elemental sign for Copper, 29 – The Atomic Number for Copper) was designed on those same principles.

I asked to test the compression calf sleeve, knee sleeve as I had experienced some knee inflammation earlier this spring and one of their compression shirts as my left shoulder had been a bit sore from all of the swimming I have been doing training for my first triathlon.

Within a week my package arrived from Tommie Copper and I was anxious to give their gear a try.

Product Review – Knee Compression Sleeve

Knee Compression Sleeve

The first thing I noticed was how lightweight their compression apparel was.  The calf and knee sleeves were extremely lightweight and comfortable.  They provided great compression, but felt more like moisture wicking material than a stiff elastic compression fabric.

Sizing is done in 5 increments, small, medium, large, X large and XX Large, with an easy to follow sizing chart.   Tommie Copper asks that you measure the circumfrence of the appropriate body part (knee, calf, chest etc.) to assure propper fitment.  You can view a sample of their sizing chart by clicking HERE.

I noticed that my knee which was back to 100% strength running over the past two months still bothered me just a bit when I flew on an airplane.  I believe that the change in cabin pressure caused my knee to swell just a bit and that added inflammation made my left knee a bit tender.

I decided to fly out to Charleston, SC wearing the compression sleeve on my knee.  I also wore it after my two post-flight runs as well as a few hours after my 15-mile long run on Sunday after arriving in Charleston.

Due to the lightweight fabric and the comfort fit top and bottom bands that kept the sleeve in place, I honestly forgot that I had it on.  Only when I would see someone looking at it, wondering if I was injured would I remember that I was wearing it.  Part of that was due to me being in the hospital picking up my mother after her surgery.

I experienced no swelling during or after my two flights and ran back to back to back workouts of 8 miles, 8 miles, 15 miles feeling absolutely perfect. 

Two thumbs up on the knee compression sleeve.

Product Review – Compression Shirt

Men's Compression Shirt

The product I was very anxious to try was the Tommie Cooper Compression Shirt.  My shoulder was an area where I was currently experiencing some mild soreness. 

After my third swim day in a row I would notice a sore-tired feeling at the top of my left shoulder, just above my bicep.

After a day of rest, it would subside – but it was there just slightly every morning when I woke up.

I wore the compression shirt prior to my first swim out in Charleston at the Medical University training facility.  It was a fast swim workout as Coach Claudia has me focusing on improving my speed as my distance/endurance is now where we want it to be.

I did a swim workout of:

5X 100 Meter Repeats

500 Meters Free

5X 100 Meter Repeats

500 Meter Pull Buoy (all arms, no kick)

5 X 50 Meter Repeats

A tough 1.4 mile swim workout.  I wore my compression shirt to follow the next day and felt no soreness in my shoulder.

This week I swam back to back to back including my first ever 1.4 mile continuous swim, longer than the half-ironman swim requirement by .2 miles without stopping and still, no soreness in my shoulder.

Great stuff.

Conclusion:

It seems like the folks at Tommie Copper really are on to a great product line.  They managed to couple compression with Copper revitalization technology and launch a great product line.

In addition to the copper element of their fabric, the compression gear alone is tremendous.  Lightweight, extremely comfortable with a wide variety of sizing options so that you are able to really shop for a product that will fit you properly.

Compression without restriction, just tremendous.

As a reminder with any product reviews here at Run for Dom, I am simply passing along my findings after testing out a new product.  I am by no way compensated for my time or influenced by the company to provide a positive review.

If you are dealing with some nagging bumps and bruises or some chronic aches and pains related to training, arthritis, pulls or joint soreness – I think you should reach out to the folks at Tommie Copper.

You can visit their website at:

http://www.tommiecopper.com

Happy trails everyone!

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Comments
  1. Thanks for the review Joe! I looked at their website and the Tommie Copper line is pretty affordable too! Nice!

  2. Carolyn says:

    Thanks for the link on DM to this post. I’ll be heading to that TC site soon.

    • Joseph Marruchella says:

      Hi Carolyn! I wrote back on my post about wearing the compression gear over night on Daily Mile. Best to you and that ankle!

  3. David H. says:

    Funny that I should read this post today because I just started trying out the calf sleeves and knee sleeve after my morning run. I’ve never worn compression gear, but I was very impressed with my initial wear. I often have some tightness in my calves the night of a long run, but tonight I don’t even feel like I ran 12 miles this morning. I’ll have my own review after several more wears, but for now I really like their products.

  4. JOHN ANTONOVA says:

    Bought knee compression sleeve on Dec 1st., 2011 and after one week no change in knee pain. Sent it back for refund based on 30 day guarantee and contacted them by email twice. It has been over two weeks now since USPS Priority Mail delivered it back to them and they do not respond to my emails and no refund given. THEY DO NOT BACK THEIR GUARANTEE. Not a good company as far as I’m concerned.

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi John – so sorry to hear that you have had a bad experience with the folks at Tommie Copper – much different to the responsiveness I’ve gotten from the company.

      I’m going to forward your comments to my contact there and see if I can get some answers for you. As for the knee pain, a week isn’t a very long time, keep trying compression (their product or not) – that along with rest is the recipe for that to subside – patience is going to be the key.

      Best to you John, I’ll reach out to you via e-mail when I hear back from them.

  5. Nathan says:

    Here’s my honest unbiased review of the Tommy Copper knee sleeve that will provide FACTS you need to know before buying:

    (THIS IS WRITTEN BY SOMEONE WHO IS NOT IN ANY WAY AFFILIATED WITH THE COMPANY)

    I bought the knee compression sleeve about 2-3 weeks ago to protect my knee from old injuries while exercising. It provides uniform compression and is very light weight similar to a stocking but slightly thicker. I have other leg supports that work just as well from companies like Ace, McDavid and Futuro. However they are bulkier and less comfortable.

    Since I got the sleeve I’ve increased my cardio workout (bike & treadmill) by about 10% with virtually no sustained or serious pain. It does provide help with pain similar to most other knee support devices.

    My major complaint is the price. By the time they add postage, handling, tax and who knows what else you are paying close to $33 for one sleeve. OUCH!!! What a rip off considering that the material seems cheap and very thin! Furthermore I have researched the use of copper and found it to be ineffective for arthritis, pain or inflammation. Not one independent study has conclusive evidence of the effectiveness (if any) of copper. Therefore I give the knee sleeve a 3.5 star rating out of 5.

    It is way over priced (due to greed I presume) and copper (which actually has no effect) is being used to sell the product. In this respect the public is being scammed. In conclusion, Tommy Copper products may be helpful but so are many other products – at less than half the cost.

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Nathan – thanks so much for the message and your thoughtful post. I too am not a “paid reviewer” – It just wouldn’t be right to do that, so on the blog here I just pass along my thoughts on running gear and equipment after I’ve had an ample opportunity to use the product(s), put it through several washes and wears etc. – and on this one, I think we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

      On the TommieCopper website they have a lot of studies and testimonials from Doc’s who give their endorsement to the use of copper as a healing agent, you have to take that for what it is of course, you can get an expert to say just about anything pro or con, but based on my experience (for me personally) – I’ve really felt great recovering from hard workouts using their products – and when I have had a wonky knee or ankle, Tommie Copper has helped me a great deal.

      Their compression gear is much lighter than some others – which is very appealing to me actually – again, YMMV – but the way the gear has held up through washes – it essentially looks and feels the same way it did over 6 months ago when I first started using it – illustrates that to me, it is high-quality gear.

      As for the pricing – I found them in-line with the higher-end respected compression vendors – so I think the comment about greed is a little bit over the top. The thickness of a product does not necessarily mean it is “better made” – so on that note, I’ll say that I like the fact I still get the compression without the bulk under sweats or in the case of the ankle wrap, in my shoe.

      Hope you have a happy, healthy and injury free 2012. Happy Trails.

  6. Nathan says:

    Thank you kindly for your post. You made some very valuable points about the sleeve which is encouraging. Hopefully it will last at least a year and continue to be effective.

    In regard to the price, I was annoyed that the true price was not made available until checkout. To jump from $24 to $33 for one stocking is a bit too much in my opinion. Nevertheless I decided to order it and I’m not unhappy that I did. I also went to Walgreen’s
    and bought a similar sleeve by Ace for my right knee for less than $13 total (including tax)! It is a tiny bit bulkier but it seems to also provide good uniform compression similar to the Tommy Copper.

    Many items today are over priced. Gas for your car and ink cartridges (which cost about 100 times more than gasoline) are 2 examples. In my opinion, Tommy Copper knee sleeve (more like a durable stocking) is one of them. If you can afford it though it may be worth it in the long run (no pun intended).

    Here are some of the many links about COPPER (judge for yourself):

    1.) http://askville.amazon.com/copper-bracelets-health-benefits/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=27274358

    2.) http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=15518

    3.) healthmad.com/alternative/analysis-of-copper-bracelets-for-arthritis-do-they-really-work

    May you also have a very happy healthy and injury free 2012.

  7. Hey Joe,

    I tweaked my knee a couple of weeks ago and think I will try this product, wholly based on your review. Santa brought me the Black Diamond sprinter headlamp based on your review…good to know a runner who knows good stuff.

    See you in Hopkinton!

    • Joseph Marruchella says:

      Hi Richard! I think you will really like that sleeve. Hope you are great (outside of that knee pain). Looking forward to Boston!

  8. Karen Whidden says:

    I am not sure I am at the proper place to leave a testimonial for Tommy Copper products but I am totally blown away with the results that I’ve had! I have been in pain for years, I have been to all kinds of doctors. I don’t even know where to start with my injuries and diagnosis. I will say that I have felt pretty hopeless about ever feeling good again. One night I came home from somewhere and my husband had Montel’s infomercial on, the commercial was almost over so I didn’t know exactly what he saw but he told me to order some copper wear to see if it worked. I was skeptical at first and put it off but a few days, later he asked me if I placed an order and I said “No.” He was disappointed and told me to go online and check it out at least. I called the company and spoke with a rep. and told them of my different injuries and asked them to recommend products that would help. I ended up placing an order for over 160.00, I got the shirt, shorts, calf sleeve for me and I purchased two knee sleeves for my husband. My husband owns and operates an autobody shop and he’s been standing on a cement floor for 35 years and he says his knees are wearing out. Thinks he may be a canidate for a future knee replacement or two. Not sure how the knee sleeves will help him as he doesn’t want to get them dirty while working though I personally hand them to him as he exits the shower when he gets home. Anyway back to me! :) I feel like I could scream it to the world how good I feel and I am only 3 days into wearing the compression wear! I am a member at a local health club and I am buzzing to eveybody I know! I haven’t slept well for years and of course since my husband and I are in the same bed he suffers also. Since day 1 I slept all the way through the night!!!! I got up early this morning because I am too excited to sleep! I woke up to go to the bathroom at 4 am and couldn’t go back to sleep because I want to know why copper works for pain. I even woke my husband up to tell him how excited I was! I got up to do research on the internet to see if I could find out why copper takes away pain. Not sure if this is the place,but if anyone wants to know my diagnosis and how I have been hurting all these years I would be happy to tell you. I am for real, haven’t been paid by anyone! I just want to help others! I already have two friends that are ordering some products and have another friend that I may need to purchase a product for because I think they could be skeptical.

    • joerunfordom says:

      Karen – thanks so much for your message and for your very well thought out and put together review of your experience. Thank you for sharing! I have had great results using the Tommie Copper compression gear and am very thankful for it. I don’t have chronic issues, more soreness from training and racing – but their compression wear really helps me recover and get back to training. I simply love it.

      I know some others have not had great response to their products from a “pain-cure” perspective. Everyone’s body is different and all injuries and chronic conditions are different. It’s not like the folks at Tommie Copper have found a way to replace surgery if needed or rehabilitation therapy for degenerative conditions – there is not magic powder sprinkled on their apparel.

      But they have come up with a great mixture of copper therapy and compression that helps a lot of us. I’m glad you are one of them! Best to you.

      Joe

  9. Doc says:

    I was wondering if you have problems with your knees, calf, and ankle—should you wear all 3 sleeves at the same time? Or would doing that cause more pain than good?

    I am over weight and trying to lose weight and am having pain in my knee and ankle when climbing the 3 flights of stairs to my home and when walking fast (just under a jog) on my treadmill.

    But I also keep getting bad cramps in my calf and ankle/foot throughout the day and at times in the middle of the night. So I wonder if these could help.

    Any advice or reply from you would be appreciated. Thanks you.

    Doc

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Doc! Thanks for the message. You know, every injury situation or pain management situation is different. Most of my pain management has been due to overuse injuries or sports related issues – not anything of a chronic nature – so I’m reluctant to play arm chair Doctor. I will say that if you have inflamation issues, the compression product line from Tommie Copper may very well help reduce that inflamation and make you feel much more comfortable. That has been my experience.

      That said, weight loss will play a huge role in that as well. The impact that even 2 or 3 lbs. makes on a runner (as far as the stress level on the joints) is remarkable. It sounds like you are on the right track for sure – I really wish you the best and hope you can alleviate those symptoms. I know every day must be a big challenge to get up and get moving. Take good care – please reach out to me at any time with questions.

      • Doc says:

        Thank you so much for your opinion and getting back to me so quick! Yes I figure if I can get the pain to lesson a bit it will make it easier and that in turn won’t make me think “ahhh…I need to go work out but I don’t want to because of all the pain.” So it will do my brain some good along with my knee and foot! And I will come back if I have more questions! And I think I will get the knee and ankle one to start and see how they feel and work for me.

  10. Lanie says:

    Sounds really interesting, but I am unsure about purchasing this product. I have lots of joint damage from my athletic activities, but really, I am afraid of being scammed. I’m just really skeptical about purchasing some “quick fix” . Part of me is anxious to try it, and the other part so no, don’t waste your money.

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Lanie – thanks for the visit and the message – totally understand your position, this is a very personal choice. I’ve had great luck using the TC brand compression wear for my sorness and recovery from marathon and triathlon training – of course I do not to this point have any “chronic” issues that I am dealing with – just general “abuse” that I put my body through training. Not a guarantee that their products would help you as much as they have me – but I hope if you do give them a try – it works out great for you. Best from Austin, J

  11. Lora Smith says:

    Personally I don’t have any of the issues or complaints that you or your fellow posters have, but it seems like everyone I know does. My dad has wrestled since middle school, coached my older brothers team thru his schooling, and ref’d thru my years of schooling (I am 10 years younger than my brother). He has always had knee pain, had 3 reconstructive surguries between the two knees that led to his first knee replacement. Within I would say 6 months of his first replacement and waiting for the other knee replacement he was hit by a car breaking his leg about two inches below his new knee-the knee by the way held up remarkably-and hospitalized for almost a month due to complications from his wait in the emergency room (that is a whole ‘nother rant). Anyway, now that he is healed and has had both knee replacements he is able to get around amazingly well compared to before but he is still dealing with some pain. He is extremely active but I can see him slowing down and I would love to get these for him to try. He wore one of those copper bracelets in the past and said it helped. My grandmother had knee surgury a few years ago and has done nothing but complain about aches and pains since, I think she would be a candidate as well. My best friends father has recently been put on disability and diagnosed with rhumatoid arthritus* throughout his body and is in constant pain. It breaks my heart because he is still so young (early 50′s) and has lots of grandbabies to take on tractor rides and fishing but can’t hardly pick up his new grandson. Lastly, there is my husband. He is in the military, Active Duty Air Force 14 years now, and has been bit by the running bug. He has always had to do PT as a job requirement but is now enjoying running. A few of our good friends are avid runners and do a lot of marathons so he has joined in when he can. He actually did a ToughMudder last year! He has always had issues with his back but has been complaining about his feet and calves quite a bit lately and actually mensioned to me a couple of days ago about wanting to order some compression wear for his calves.
    Moral of the story…I saw the TC infomercial a while back and thought of “my people” but as with any infomercial I was very skeptical. I have seen mixed reviews on every site not just yours, but quite honestly I am looking at your stats that are longer than your blog AND comments together, the way you respond to each question or comment, and would take a gamble that you have had your fare share of athletic/compression/aches&pain gear that you probably know your stuff…now if TC only had a bulk rate or package deal…

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Lora! Thank you for the visit and for such a well put together response to the product review. I think there are always going to be skeptics out there, and for sure, everyone’s body responds differently to different simuli, rehabilitation and recovery. Just today I returned a pair of running shoes I was trying out for the first time because they were causing some discomfort in my left heal.

      I did not then condemn Brooks and the Pure Flow shoe as a faulty product or a company that is disingenious. Simply for me, given my biomechanics as a runner and previous history with injuries I knew that the shoe was not a good fit for me. Lesson learned and now I am back in a more neutral shoe with less of a heal drop.

      I mention that as that is how I view the Tommie Copper compression/copper line. It is another great resource for individuals to try to alleviate pain, soreness and help rehab from overuse injuries and chronic conditions. If it was 100% effective with 100% of the individuals out there – my goodness, they would be able to charge anything they wanted for the products and get it ten times over. Speaking from personal experience, their products are well made, stand up well to use and have really helped me recover from workouts and nagging injury.

      I hope that if your husband does try the compression gear for his calves – he has great results. That muscle group, perhaps more than any other is prone to overuse stress from running and compression gear (good equipment) will make a great difference whether that is from Tommie Copper, Zensah or 110%. I use all of those products at times and they make a world of difference for me.

      Thanks again Lola! Best to you and your family.

      J

  12. Kay losey says:

    What do you suggest for foot pain

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Kay! I would love to help give you some advice for coming back from what sounds like some foot issues. Can you help me understand a bit better what the issue is? Perhaps some background as to your pain, how long you’ve had it, how it started and what your situation is (training, weight-loss, strength etc.). You can always e-mail me at joe-runfordom@austin.rr.com

      Best to you,

      Joe

  13. Robert Bolling says:

    I am wondering if there is any product u may have for lower-back pain? I have had awful pain in my lower back for years and am taking pain medication for it & i wld love to get off the pills. I hope u have a Tommy Copper specifically for lower back pain. Thank u for your time & hope to get a reply soon. Again, thank u.

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Robert! So sorry to hear about your back issues. If that back and core is not solid and strong, not much else seems to work very well. I wish I had some advice/recommendations for OU, but I’ve been blessed by to having any back issues.

      I’m not aware of any Tommie Copper products that are designed to address back pain, I’m sure you’ve seen our physician regarding the issue if you are using medication. I will reach out to a chiro friend of mine to ask if he has any ideas and follow back up with you. Take good care. J

  14. Diane Loran says:

    I bought the fingerless compression gloves (not cheap) because I have acute CTS in my left (predominant) wrist and am facing surgery. I’m wearing the gloves almost all the time when I’m up and not putting my hands in water and they’ve been helping a lot. I am not quite as anxious to have surgery now, but I know it’s still inevitable, but the gloves are making it tolerable in the meantime.

  15. jennifer says:

    I need to know if ypu make anything for hips?

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Jennifer – thank you for the visit and the message. I’m not affiliated with Tommie Copper, I am just an endurance athlete who has used their product(s) and offered my review.

      I would suggest you reach out to the folks at Tommie Copper directly as they are great about getting back with their customers.

      Best of luck!

  16. ospreypaul says:

    Compression garments for arthritis is like a bandaid is to an arterial bleed.Most of the posters to your blog are suffering from inflammation.What is the only NF-kB inhibitor ever found in nature and now available at GNC? The product is called Anatabloc.For you and everyone who wants to make quick recovery to injuries,this is the #1 product.If you want to protect yourself from heart disease by lowering your CReactive Protein levels,Anatabloc is the only product that has shown it works.Look at GNC and see spokesman Fred Couples and watch his testamonial and how his crp went from 6.5 to .68 in only 3 months.I take it for ankylosing spondylitis which I have had for 6 yrs.To say my symtoms have been helped is a hugh understatement.I have regained 25% of my range of motion in my spine and my kyphosis is non existant after only 7 months of 6 pills per day.Check it out.I am going to check out the tommy shirt because I want to go back to back packing and the 60 to 100lb packs are a bit much on my 62 yo body,even with anatabloc.pcal

  17. Jody says:

    Hi, my issue isn’t so much pain but fluid build up below the knee and stiffness in the knee after I work out. I am 55 years old and hurt my knees jumping on the tile floor playing Xbox sports haha. Do you think the sleeves would help me? I still work out daily but not to the same extent (I am getting sick of the elliptical and recumbent bike, it makes me feel old, I want to zumba and kickbox again).

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Jody! Sorry to hear about how you have been limited lately. I would recommend a visit to a sports medicine doc as the first step if you haven’t been there yet. They will do some range of motion examination exercises and be able to tell you if you have something that requires more than just rest, compression and strengthening of the area. If OU get that piece of mind that everything is fine structurally, then yes. Compression will help for sure. But if OU have a small tear in the meniscus or any stability issues, then OU won’t get back to full health just b using the TC sleeves. Hope that helps! Email me with any questions you may have.

  18. Ed says:

    Ed says: I wrote to you yesteday with a question about ordering the knee compression sleeve, however, I’d appreciate an answer as to how to do this.

  19. william[bill]whittaker says:

    my name is bil whittaker,ihave hemochromotosis.which is under control.also arthritis.ben on clebrex.etc .etc etc.i odered a shirt ,cant wait to get it,because i hurt bad all over.
    if this works,i will be dressed in it and would love to sell it to others.i’ll let everyone know thanks.my email=bill_whittaker@cox .net////thaks for listening

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Bill! I hope you get some great pain relief from the compression wear. I continue to be impressed and a firm believer in the recuperation side of the product. Luckily I’m not fighting a chronic condition – so of course, everyone is different with respect to how well any compression/recovery item will help them – but for me after a tough workout or racing especially – I’m in my Tommie Copper gear a.s.a.p. Best to you! Joe

  20. Shirleyn law says:

    Can I purchase Tommie Copper products in retail stores? If I can what stores carry it?

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Shirleyn – I am not aware of any retail outlets to purchase Tommie Copper gear. They are a relatively small outfit who sell their merchandise online. They have a great customer service reputation in the online community.

  21. vanisha says:

    Hi my grandmother has shoulder problems and recently had to have roating cuffs sugery. I am wondering if the Tommie Copper shirt would help her any? Please help me to decide and please be honset dont want to waste my money.

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Vanisha! Best of luck to your grandmother coming back from that surgery. My Mother went through that recently (age 78 at the time) and I can tell you that the rehabilitation exercises are absolutely critical for her to recover from the procedure. They are tedious, show only the smallest of incremental improvement at first – but there are no shortcuts. She has to do the exercises the Doctors and rehabilitation specialists recommend if she wants to get the strength and mobility back in that shoulder. Now, will the Tommie Copper compression gear help? I really can’t say as I have never used their gear in such a fashion. I only have personal experience using their gear helping me recover from workouts, soreness and all the bumps and bruises that go along with training for endurance events. I am a huge believer in their products – if that is worth anything to you – but I can’t speak intelligently regarding how they would help recovery from a surgery as I haven’t experienced that personally.

      Best to you and your grandmother Vanisha! Have a great holiday season! J

  22. lori says:

    I’m looking for compression wear for bilateral foot ankle pain. Does tommiewear have anything like this to help my pain?

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Lori. Tommie Copper does indeed make a product for ankle pain. I would take a look at their website to see what you thk.

      I have had great success with their products. Happy holidays!

  23. dan koch says:

    hi ,just wondering if the knee sleeve would work for me , in 1977 i had my leg cut off and now it is a inch shorter , so my knee is bone on bone waiting for a replacement , that is both knees , that’s me , next question , my dad is 87 and still very active , he has lots of pain in both knees , some times they don’t want to work , but he still climps up on the tractor ,lots of his pain is while he is trying to sleep, would they work for him , and can we get them here in canada

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Dan! Wow, incredible story. I hate to give advice regarding a condition I don’t have any personal experience with – so I am hesitant to answer definitively. I know that for me any time I have had inflammation related soreness or pain – the sleeves have done a tremendous job. Your situation with missing cartelidge in the knee sounds chronic. I’m not sure there are really any “products” that would relieve that pain as usually professional athletes have to resort to a surgical procedure to address the issue. As for your father, again, if it is an inflammation issue – you bet I think the compression +Cu2 sleeve(s) would help. But not knowing the root cause for his pain, it is tough to say. Tommie Copper does ship internationally – so if you are hoping to try their products, you are in luck there. Best to you and your Father Dan!

  24. Haneef says:

    Hello Joe. Just received 2 knee sleaves in the mail. Praying they help! smh

  25. Antoine says:

    If anyone is interested, as I have read many of the previous comments, TC’s if offering free shipping through about promo that if you buy two or more products. I’ve also seen a promo for $20 buck off a purchase of $100 or more. BTW, I’m using the calf and knee products. While I am not conclusive about the knee compression and I love the calf compression. It’s just as effect as others I’ve used at comparable prices and so light that I can actually wear them to bed, which helps a lot with speedy recovery after runs. My two cents. And folks, even if you paid the 8 or 9 bucks more, the health of your body is worth so more than that!

  26. Nathalie says:

    Would love some thoughts or know if anyone else experiences the same pain when walking and/or running… I have been a runner and have taken some time off. I have been trying to get back into it but have been experiencing pain on both sides of my calves when walking or running. I started off slow by just walking and alternating jogging. I have tried icing and ibuprofen. But each time it comes back. The pain is significant and feels like a burn and at times when I try to push thru I get numbness in my feet. Would love to hear suggestions, experiences and opinions. Thank you

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Nathalie – so sorry to hear that you are struggling with pain in your calves when you are exercising. Going on just a little bit of information is always tough to share advice – how much did you run before? How much time did you take off? Are you carrying any extra weight now? Are you siting at work a lot? Any other activity or not very much? It sounds like you are going through some issues with ramping up activity and getting soreness related to the increased load – but it very well could be circulatory in nature. Compression definitely helps this issues – but it won’t be a “magic potion” if you have other things going on. The best advice I could give you would be to see your Doc if you haven’t already – or a Sports Medicine Doc if you have one and ask them to take a peak. Wishing you a quick recovery. It sounds very frustrating. Best, J

  27. evonne noll says:

    I have had tennis elbow for a year now. I am at the point to have surgery, to which I just cancelled. Would the compression wear help or relieve or take away the tennis elbow for good? Please let me know.

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Evonne! Sorry to hear about your struggles with your elbow. I have not had that type of injury, so it is really tough to say. Compression really assists in areas with strains and increasing circulation (blood flow) to the area. Without knowing the cause of your injury, it is really tough to guess. If however your sports Doc recommends compression, then yes, I would give Tommie Copper a try.

  28. Daniel Kallie says:

    yes are there something for my lower back. like a back surporter

    • joerunfordom says:

      Hi Daniel! Tank you for the visit and the message. Not that I am aware of. On the Tommie Copper website they have a contact us page. My experience is that they respond very quickly to all questions and inquiries personally. I would send them an email and ask if they have any plans for that type of support in the near future.

      Best to you, Joe.

  29. GRLS says:

    I had a horrific reaction to tc clothing in February, 2013, with sores, blisters, purplish skin on my legs, greenish tint to my face and body, extreme edema. My pain became much more severe and the sores still will not heal after wearing the tc clothing. Kallish, owner and designer of tc clothing states the copper can absorb into the skin and you can have an allergic reaction to the clothing, but now denies it. 9-3-13 I had an EMG showing Toxic Metabolic and tomorrow I have to have the sores biopsied that still have not healed. June 2010 my copper level was below the normal rate level and now blood tests show a high copper level. I wore the full long sleeved top and ankle length tights and socks 24/7 except to wash and dry as they stated, to wear it, or it won’t work. The clothing is advertised as made in the US, but all the tags in my clothing states that they were made in slave labor countries, thus we do not know what is put in the copper/lead mixture, or the latex in the clothing, or whatever they use in those countries for a low production cost.

    • joerunfordom says:

      GRLS – thank you for the visit and the post. I am very sorry to hear about your situation. As you know (or may not know), I am an endurance athlete who shares my experience with various products with others. I am not affiliated with Tommy Copper, nor am I a physician or exercise scientist – so unfortunately, I really cannot provide much insight into what is happening with your situation. It sounds like you have sought out the advice from a medical professional, which is always the right call. I wish you very well in getting that situation under control.

      As far as compression, I have never worn any company’s product for that type of time period. I would be interested to hear if it was the blood flow effect of wearing compression wear 24/7 as you put it, as much as any issue with the copper that was contributing to your issues, as you stated your copper levels were not elevated and from my experience, I would venture a guess that the issue was it related to the fabric – but again, that is my own experience.

      As for production, I’m sure that like most companies, Tommy Copper gets their materials from a distributor or distributors that meets their quality control standards at the most cost effective price point. I have been using their products for well over 2-years now, and have had no issue with quality. Again, that is my experience and the only one that I can share with you.

      Best of luck to you, I am very sorry to hear about your situation.

      • GRLS says:

        I too use to be very athletic, racquet ball, sailing, down hill skiing, ice skater, slalom water skiier, bike riding, climbed Mt Fuji to the snow line on the 4th of July while two of my sons climbed to the top. Climbed a vertical mile from the Rain Forest of Mt Olympus in Washington and hiked two days across to the Visitor’s Center. Walked to the highest point in Athens, Greece to over look the City. I loved sports, being active with my children and grandchildren and now I feel that life has been taken away from me. If you want to see the pictures of my reaction to the tc clothing, I can send them to you, but need a different email address to do it.

  30. H.R. Richards says:

    Have you ever witnessed or heard of Copper Therapy working differently for you (good or bad) and relatives when compared to those who are not related by blood? Does Copper Therapy only work for part of the population, and not the rest?

  31. Stanley Hill says:

    will the tommy copper help with relieveing arthritis pain on the knee joints

    thank you stanley

  32. Ella says:

    Tommy copper works great,I have asked them to make in larger size for my friends especially in XXL in calf compression,they keep saing it’s in the works but never do.largere people trying to lose weight are prone to get hurt trying to lose weight,please help them out so they can get heathy.Please make I larger sizes in your products.they run small because of elastic on top and bottom

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